BUCS FINALS PREVIEW
All year teams have been working hard to represent their university in BUCS competition and finally the week has come where lacrosse champions will be crowned. In a season that has seen a lot of adverse weather, leading to more than average re-arranged games, we now find ourselves at the finals.
The finals itself have changed, After a number of years of being played in Sheffield, the lacrosse championships along with 14 different team sports will now be played in Leeds in a joint venture between University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University.
The trophy finals takes place on Tuesday and the championship finals will be played on Wednesday.
Men’s Trophy Final: Cardiff v Leeds Met Carnegie
These two teams are no strangers as they met in last year’s final. The welsh team will be looking for revenge in the final after coming through the semi-final against Imperial College (10-2). Leeds Met on the other hand are still on a high with an unbeaten season in the league and come into the final having dispatched Newcastle 11-3. Will there be a repeat of last year’s final or will there be an upset?
Women’s Trophy Final: Cambridge 2nds v Nottingham
An all midlands final matches two teams that have recently met in the league (Midlands 1A) with the Nottingham first team coming out on top 14-11. Nottingham will be looking to keep a perfect season with this win but Cambridge 2nds will be hoping to upset their league rivals and be the ones to take the trophy back to the Midlands
Men’s Championship Final: Durham v Loughborough
The Durham team march into the final having not lost a game for a while. As current defending champions, Durham will be favourites to hold onto the title they have won since the 09-10 season. The last time these sides met, Loughborough put up a good fight and will be looking to make it a closer game than the last result of 12-1. Can Loughborough pull it off the bag and silence the Durham attack or will Durham once again be the dominant force?
Women’s Championship Final: Durham v Cambridge
Current champions, Cambridge return to the final after defeating last year’s finalist Birmingham in the semi-final. Having lost to oxford in Varsity the Cambridge team have set their stall to retain the championships but will face the unbeaten team of Durham, who will be out to prove they are the number one lacrosse university in the country. Will it be the solid teamwork of Cambridge or the feisty northerners that will be crowned champions?